Bentley declares victory after recount

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The recount is over and it appears Dr. Robert Bentley, not Tim James,  will be in the runoff for the Republican nomination for governor.

When James asked for the re-count,  he needed 168 votes to pass Bentley.

The recount shows James is now 270 votes behind Bentley.  In a statement, Alabama GOP Chair Mike Hubbard called the recount "an unprecedented challenge" and thanked officials for going "above and beyond to ensure the accuracy and transparency of this recount."

Late this afternoon, Bentley spoke to reporters at his campaign headquarters in Tuscaloosa.

"It's been a long two weeks but today, we'd like to declare victory," Bentley said to a round of applause.  He then began looking t the July 13th runoff, reasserting his campaign issues of fighting government intrusion, cleaning up Montgomery, and putting the people of Alabama back to work.

"We're not getting onto our opponent.  We'll run a clean campaign.  We'll talk about issues that affect the people of Alabama."

Tim James is slated to hold a news conference on Monday at his campaign headquarters in Montgomery.

At that time, he is expected to either concede or announce that he is moving forward in his efforts to further challenge the June 1st vote.

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